On Monday February 8th the world gathers in London, with over 100 countries sending delegates to the One Young World Summit (www.oneyoungworld.com). This is the first time that young people from across the globe have been brought together to discuss the major issues facing the next generation and over three days, 8 – 10 Feb, they will work through issues relating to Global Health, Political Leadership, Interfaith Dialogue, Global Business, the Media and the Environment.
The young delegates (all under the age of 25) will be guided in their discussions by figures from the world stage including Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, John Kerry (ex-US Presidential candidate), Richard Sambrook (Director of BBC’s Global News), Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Nicholas Haysom (Director of Politics, United Nations), Elio Leoni-Sceti (CEO, EMI Music), Zhang Deguang (Secretary General of Shanghai Corporation), Tony Fernandes (CEO, Air Asia) and Alejandro Toledo (ex-President of Peru) among many more.
The Summit’s opening ceremony takes place at Old Billingsgate on February 8th and will be attended by the world’s media. The organisers of One Young World have specially invited Corinne Bailey Rae to perform two songs for the speakers and delegates as the finale to the opening ceremony.
One of the tracks Corinne Bailey Rae will be performing is the epic and poignant new song ‘Love’s On Its Way’ which features a lyric of hope breaking through the horrors of life. With its descriptions of “blood on the streets”, “hope refused” and “grainy teenage photographs on the evening news” it extends out into a meditation on faith, politics and love and chimes perfectly with the issues being debated.
Corinne says: “I believe that hope is an essential part of humanity, something that can lead people on though the darkest times, and One Young World is an illustration of hope for the future. Where many people are cynical and refuse to believe in hope, I think it is the greatest gift we can have. I am honoured to be included in this event and everything it stands for.”